Series: The Night Owl Trilogy
Published by St. Martin's Press
Published on July 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
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"Tautly written, complex, and vibrating with a dark sensuality that will have you at once blushing and anxious. You'll think you have this book pegged . . . but you'll be wrong."—Christina Lauren, New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors of The Beautiful Bastard series
From bestselling ebook author M. Pierce comes the first novel in a provocative erotic trilogy where an anonymous online writing partnership turns into an uncontrollable, passionate obsession
At twenty-eight, Matt Sky has the perfect life. He has a beautiful girlfriend, a massive inheritance, and four national bestsellers -- all penned under his airtight alias, M. Pierce.
At twenty-seven, Hannah Catalano is a train wreck. Her boyfriend is a deadbeat and her job is abysmal.
Matt and Hannah meet online as writing partners. Their relationship is safe, anonymous, and innocent...
Until Matt sees a picture of Hannah. Hannah's picture sparks an attraction Matt is powerless to ignore. When circumstance brings Matt and Hannah together, the strangers begin a love story that's passionate, poignant, unforgettable, and unstoppable.
To celebrate Night Owl’s paperback release on July 1st with St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan check out this excerpt, Brenna’s review and be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the post for an AMAZING giveaway from M. Pierce!
Panic set in as I listened to the ring.
I’m about to talk to Matt.
I’m about to hear his voice.
I don’t even know this guy.
What the hell am I doing?
He could be a psycho stalker.
We shouldn’t cross this line.
I can hang up.
I can hang up now.
Yeah, I’m going to h—
I swallowed and slid down the bathroom wall.
“Hannah, is that you?”
Matt’s cool, clear voice swirled in my ear. It was distantly accented—New Jersey, maybe New York—and a little husky.
He sounded sleepy.
He sounded sexy as hell.
I had the overwhelming urge to ask him to keep saying my name. Hannah, Hannah, Hannah. Help me come. Warmth bloomed between my legs.
“Okay then.” He laughed softly. I felt my reason melting at the sound. “We’ll play the one-sided conversation game. I’m Matt, it’s nice to—” Again, he broke into quiet laughter. His voice was rich with amusement, but not warm. He sounded contemptuous. He sounded ready to laugh at anything, simply for the pleasure of laughing with his silky voice.
I couldn’t help but picture the devilish eyes that must have accompanied that voice.
Green eyes, I decided. Dark green, secretive and deep like a forest.
“I was going to say it’s nice to meet you,” he went on, “but I guess we’ve technically met online. Now we’re meeting on the phone. Maybe…” He trailed off. I heard some shuffling. “God, if this is you trolling me Nate, I swear I’m going to break your fucking—”
“Hey! Sorry, I—” I scooted over to the bathroom door, opened and closed it, then sat back against the wall. Brilliant. Sorry, I was soaking my underwear while I listened creepily to your voice. “—sorry, yeah. I had to go in the bathroom. My sister is asleep.”
Matt was silent for a moment.
“Is that why you’re whispering?” he said.
“Yeah. She’s really tired. We’re at a motel, we just stopped. Pretty sure the wall between this bathroom and her bed is a piece of plywood, so.”
“Well… damn. I wanted to hear your voice. I mean, your regular volume voice.” He chuckled. “Do you think you could risk a few words? I’ll deal with your sister if she wakes up.”
I smirked, imagining a conversation between my hotheaded sis and this glib personality.
“I think that would be a bad idea. But, um. Sure. What should I say?”
“With your normal voice? How about, the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”
“Okay.” I cleared my throat. I was suddenly painfully self-conscious about my voice. “Um. Okay. The… the quick brown fox—”
Laughter exploded on the line. It was loud and sharp, nearly cruel.
“Oh… my god Hannah.” I heard a clatter, then some scuffling. “Oh fuck. You were really saying it. The quick… brown fox… oh god.” Matt dissolved into laughter again.
I glared at my knees.
“What’s so fucking funny?” I whispered.
“Hannah. Hannah, I’m sorry.”
I heard him take a few calming breaths.
“Okay,” he said. “I’m sorry. Ignore me, seriously. I have a weird sense of humor. That… that struck me funny. You have a lovely voice. Go figure.”
Go figure? What did he mean by that?
“Look, is there a reason you wanted me to call, or were you just looking for some late night entertainment?”
“Pretty sure this classifies as early morning entertainment, Hannah.”
“Okay. Well whatever. Look, I’m not sure why I—”
“I can’t stop thinking about you.”
His words stopped me cold.
His words, and something in his voice. Honesty.
“What we did,” he continued. “Or what you did to me…”
My throat went dry. What I did to him. It should have grossed me out, the thought of a stranger beating off to a few details about my body, but it didn’t. It intrigued me. The heat between my legs pulsed.
“You know what I’m talking about,” he insisted. An edge came into his voice at the slightest provocation.
“Y-yeah,” I managed. “Yeah.”
“You enjoyed it.”
“You said you wished I were pounding into you.”
I couldn’t believe this smooth-talking stranger was dictating to me how I felt.
I couldn’t believe I was blindly agreeing.
And I couldn’t believe my considerable vocabulary had suddenly been reduced to “yeah.”
“Hannah, you made me come so hard. And I did it again, thinking about you. Let me return the favor.”
His words hung in the silence between us.
Return the favor. Help me come.
“Yes,” I whispered.
I read Night Owl last November, this is my original review and I have to tell you I haven’t forgotten about this book. I can’t wait to do my re-read before book 2 comes out. Loved it!
“Little bird, he called me. His little bird. And somehow, it made me feel like the most precious thing in the world.”
The book is about Matt and Hannah, it all starts out with them chatting online (<- always a HUGE weakness of mine with books). They are writing partners who have never met, seen each other, and share no personal information… and that is exactly how Matt wants it. When Hannah accidently emails from her personal account and Matt sees her picture it is the end of their comfortable writing relationship, as they knew it. Some naughty online messages ensue, leading to phone sex, which eventually leads to meeting in person.
“Hold your fucking horses,” I muttered.
God, fuck… was this seriously my life? Stalking a girl I’d met online, parked outside her house at midnight, speaking to my dick? I flipped down the visor and checked myself in the mirror. I laughed at what I saw. Though I was freaking out on the inside, on the outside I looked typical: bored, annoyed, and severely impatient. And one hundred percent asshole. I smirked at my reflection.
“Right,” I said. “Got it.”
My god, these two are INTENSE. Well, I should say Matt is intense. I couldn’t believe how FAST things progress with them. I don’t mean their relationship, because when the book starts they already have been talking for some time. But the sex, the crazy, wild, humiliating, demanding, dirty talk filled sex. On one hand I was taken aback and on the other hand I was totally into it because they were into it. Matt is a really dirty talker, but in a different way than I’m used to. The thing is, Hannah doesn’t miss a beat. She’s right there completely loving being humiliated, so I eventually just shrugged and went with it.
I don’t share well. I just loved humiliating Hannah. I loved the way she squirmed when I exposed her.
God, I loved the way he handled me, like he had a right to my body. Like I was his. I loved his voice, demanding, dictating, demeaning, and, in the end, desperate.
Now, lets talk characters. I was really blown away by these two. Matt made this book for me. Yes, the dirty talk was odd for a minute but everything else. Yes, just yes. He’s a complex character. He comes off arrogant, uncaring, a little douchey. Then he has moments where you see the vulnerability. He’s very up and down, to the point where you almost know there’s something else going on there. I kind of ate up every moment of it though. I think it’s that he’s just kind of grumpy and bratty. I loved his dialogue and the way he would respond to things. He could say more with a grunt and a “mmm” than you could ever imagine. And not in a cave man alpha way, just in a smug bastard kind of way… and it just worked. His neuroses (like always hanging up or logging off without saying ‘goodbye’) were what made him so unique and special.
“Oh, hey. Will you do me a favor Matt?”
“This is easy. Just repeat after me. ‘It was nice talking to you, Hannah. I’ll see you tomorrow. Goodnight.'” I gave her an incredulous look.
“Don’t give me that look. I’m trying to teach you this mysterious skill, one that you seem to lack. It’s called how to say goodbye.” I smiled and rubbed the back of my neck.
“What are you grinning at?” she said.
“I never want to,” I said.
“What? Never want to what?”
“I never want to learn how to say goodbye.”
I really enjoyed Hannah’s character too. She was easy to like as a heroine, I could empathize with her decisions and I liked that she wasn’t perfect. With this being dual POV and Matt’s being so charming, her POV had a lot to “compete” with and her side and feelings completely held my attention throughout the book.
I felt like a thirteen-year-old girl, bubbly with excitement and desperate to gab about my latest crush. He said this, he did that. Spare me. I was so much cooler than this.
What starts out as an intriguing, fun, sexy, erotic novel takes a turn into something more dark and substantial. Matt had been keeping a secret from Hannah about being a uber successful, millionaire best selling author. He writes under the name M. Pierce and Hannah is a huge fan. With Matt being incredibly private and enigmatic, it brings a HUGE shift in the story. I was really surprised by the emotion it brought. My heart broke a few times and it all felt very real which made it that much harder to read. But also made it that much better, in my opinion.
“Beautiful man. I wish you could see yourself. You look lost.”
“I feel lost,” I whispered.
Night Owl really allowed me to get lost in the story. Was it perfect? No, but I did love it. I couldn’t stop thinking about it once I finished and I’m still thinking about it now. It’s different, it’s sexy, it’s emotional, it’s well written. And I can’t get over how fantastic the dialogue and voice was. Everyone has been talking about the ending of this book. The end itself is not a cliffhanger, I would have been completely satisfied with that being the end of the book and series, but the epilogue, which leads into the next book (tentative release date in January) , definitely leaves you hanging. (view spoiler)
Nothing lasts forever, and nothing ever ends.
Last Light – Book 2 in the Night Owl Trilogy
Release Date: October 28, 2014
After Dark – Book 3 in the Night Owl Trilogy
Release Date: March 24, 2015
– 3 signed SMP Night Owl paperbacks
– 1 signed original/indie Night Owl Paperback
– 4 sets of signed bookmarks
– 3 Night Owl Ebooks
– 2 Last Light Ebooks (delivered on release day)
– Oh Whimsical Me Night Owl bracelet (with original cover)
– Oh Whimsical Me Night Owl bracelet (with new ebook cover)
– Night Owl Inspired Necklace
– Night Owl bottle cap magnets (set of 4)
– Night Owl Trilogy Bookmarks & Night Owl paperback cover magnet
– Night Owl Trilogy ribbon bookmarks (set of 3)